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3rd Annual Down the Hatch Fly Fishing Film Festival

Join us October 13th for the 3rd annual Orvis and SweetWater Down the Hatch Fly Fishing Film Festival and Premier of Quality Hooch Film!  Purchase tickets here!

$30 ticket includes: complimentary SweetWater brews and food trucks during the pre-party, entry to film and raffle for guided trips and gear at intermission.  Industry leaders and local outfitters will be tabling on-site.  The raffle grand prize is a custom SweetWater/Quality Hooch branded H2 fly rod!

A portion of all proceeds benefit CRK and the Quality Hooch campaign!

Quality Hooch Teaser from CRK-TV on Vimeo.

2016 Patron Dinner Honorees

 

This year, we are thrilled to be honoring the following people and organizations that have played major roles in the fight for clean water: 

River Leader Award – Ambassador Andrew Young
This year’s River Leader Award will be given to Ambassador Andrew Young at CRK’s Annual Patron Dinner. From Civil Rights Leader to Atlanta Mayor, Ambassador Young has made a significant impact all over the world. Among his many contributions to Georgia, Ambassador Young introduced legislation in 1974 to create the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. In doing so, he helped give the communities of Atlanta a 48-mile stretch of untouched river for recreation and a healthy environment.

River Guardian Award – Drs. Sally and Pete Parsonson
Drs. Sally and Pete Parsonson are the recipients of this year’s River Guardian Award! Both have been incredibly involved with CRK for more than a decade. Because of their generosity, we have been able to update our laboratory with EPA approved, state of the art equipment and maintain and update our fleet of boats and vehicles.

River Steward Award – Charles Smith
Charles Smith is this year’s River Steward Award recipient! Because of his generous contributions and incredible involvement with CRK throughout the years, we have been able to expand our work to the Middle Chattahoochee region by opening an office in LaGrange and expanding our Floating Classroom program to West Point Lake. 

River Sustainability Award – Ericsson
This year’s River Sustainability Award will be given to Ericsson, a global communications company.  Their entrepreneurial development of a first-of-its-kind low-cost wirelessly connected water sensor reports real-time water quality data every 30 minutes.  This innovation will play a crucial role in tracking future spills.

River Hero Award – Bill Cox
Superintendent of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA), Bill Cox is our River Hero Award recipient.  Celebrating its 100th year, the National Park Service has played an integral role in mainting the health of the Chattahoochee River for a 48-mile stretch that makes up the CRNRA.


Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin Named #1 “Most Endangered”

American Rivers announced today its annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, naming the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin in Alabama, Florida and Georgia the Most Endangered in the country. Outdated water management and rising demand have put the basin at a breaking point.

The water conflict that has gripped the region for almost three decades has come to a head with Florida’s U.S. Supreme Court suit against Georgia and the latest attempt by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to update its protocols of managing the basin.

We are calling on the governors of Alabama, Florida and Georgia to swiftly act to form a transparent, water-sharing agreement that protects the rivers, and on the USACE to significantly improve water management to sustain river health.

The annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report is a list of rivers at a crossroads, where key decisions in the coming months will determine the rivers’ fates. Rivers are chosen for the list based on the following criteria: 1) The magnitude of the threat, 2) A critical decision-point in the coming year and 3) The significance of the river to people and nature.

CRK has long worked to find an equitable solution to the tri-state water conflict and will continue to advocate for solutions to ensure that current and future generations have enough clean water. Our work in this area includes:

Read more about this development in the AJC here >> 

Hall County withdraws Glades Reservoir plans

Hall County has withdrawn its application to build the Glades Reservoir project!

CRK has long opposed Glades Reservoir because it is not needed to meet water supply demands for the county or region but was really an amenity lake for a private development at taxpayer expense.

The State of Georgia withdrew its support for the Glades project in February 2016 when it reversed its long-held position and concluded that the project is not needed for water supply after all.

The state has indicated that a similar project may be needed in the future to send more water down the river. While this is not the last word on Glades Reservoir, the withdrawal of the application to the US Army Corps of Engineers is a huge victory for the Chattahoochee River and the communities that depend on the river.

Instead of pushing unnecessary, expensive reservoir projects, our efforts must focus on smart water conservation measures, which are more cost-effective and environmentally sound to save water and prepare for drought.

Please consider making a donation to CRK today to support our water protection work. Click here to donate today!

Read more about this development here: Hall County hits pause on Glades Resrvoir project, Gainesville Times

 

 

Community Spotlight

The Orvis CompanySweetwater Brewing Company, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, and fly-fishing guide service River Through Atlanta, are combining their efforts with the “Quality Hooch” campaign to fund water quality monitoring in the Chattahoochee River.  This campaign will help fund a revolutionary water monitoring system, developed by global communications company Ericsson, to allow Chattahoochee Riverkeeper to continue and expand its work in protecting the Chattahoochee River.  The goal is to install 50 of these monitors in strategic locations in the river and its tributaries.

To learn more about the Quality Hooch campaign and tournament, click here.

You can also visit www.orvis.com